About Us

Who we are

  • The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is a permanent non-profit organization composed of 193 affiliated National Federations worldwide, from all five Continents
  • The IWF was founded in 1905, being one of the oldest International Sport Federations
  • The IWF is the world controlling body for weightlifting and is also recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole controlling body for international weightlifting
  • The IWF is a member of Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)
  • Weightlifting was one of the first sports included already in the first Modern Olympic Games 1896


  • To inspire people, especially the younger generation to live their passion for the sport of weightlifting.




  • To take the responsibility to provide global leadership;
  • To motivate people to practice weightlifting as a sport in a healthy way and by that contributing to the wellbeing of the population;
  • To make weightlifting more attractive and to promote sustainable development.


Excellence: To pursue higher standards in all areas of the weightlifting to ensure the best possible future for the sport.

Innovation: By innovation, the sport ensures that it stays relevant to the younger generation and to all of its stakeholders.

Integrity: To act in accordance with ethical standards, to respect the principles of good governance and to ensure the highest level of transparency. Moreover to ensure that athletes involved have the chance for clean and fair competition.

Inclusion: To act with fairness, impartiality, justice regardless to race, gender, religion, ability, age or ethnic origin.

Unity: Strive to integrate all stakeholders of the sport of weightlifting.